Rare bird visits northland

lark bunting

Lark Bunting

Last week a very special bird visited the area. It was a Lark Bunting! A bird that’s supposed to be out on the great plains of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Their breeding range also extends into the prairie provinces of Canada.

This bird is actually the state bird of Colorado. We were thrilled that this bird made a stopover in northern Minnesota for a couple days.

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2 Responses to Rare bird visits northland

  1. Gary says:


    Great picture of the bunting. Is this the only bunting you saw? What kind of camera were you using?

    I wonder if the bird will make it east as far as Wisconsin.

  2. Vacation says:

    Thanks for the kind comment. I use a Canon 70D and a 400mm lens for all my bird photos. I think I had to crop in this photo about 25%.

    I heard there is a minor irruption of Lark Buntings in North Dakota so there have been a few more sightings in western Minnesota. The Lark Bunting that was visiting here only stayed for 2 days. Normally they are out west on the prairies of Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. The Lark Bunting is the state bird of Colorado.

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